In January, we went to Australia and New Zealand with our friends Dewey and Cheryl Frech. Since the Frechs had never been to Australia, they decided to go a day earlier so they could spend more time around Sydney. Weather intervened and they arrived within a half and hour of us. Of course, that was still three days ahead of our luggage. Despite the problems, we had a fine time, going out with a bird guide the second day, then boarding the cruise ship, spending a day in Sydney, then on to Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania) in Australia, then three days at sea before hitting the fjords on the southwest coast of New Zealand (it rained. . .er. . .was ethereal) with stops after on the east side of New Zealand at Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, and Auckland. We then rented a car for a couple days and went to Waitomo Caves and saw the geothermal stuff at Rotorua. Along the way we saw lots of birds (including blue and yellow-eyed penguins), seals, sea lions, miniature dolphins, and plenty of wild scenic. We also went on a jet boat ride, rode in giant atvs around up and down the steep coast of New Zealand, and had a very nice time.